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Charges dismissed against Montevideo man about to go on trial

Ja'Cory McCalpin was about to go on trial Sept. 22 for two charges of criminal sexual assault. Prosecutors dismissed the charges Sept. 21.

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Ja’Cory Dante McCalpin
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MONTEVIDEO — Charges have been dismissed against a man who had been accused of molesting a young girl in her Montevideo home.

A jury trial for Ja’Cory Dante McCalpin, 37, of Montevideo, had been scheduled to begin Sept. 22 in Chippewa County District Court.

On Sept. 21, the Chippewa County Attorney’s Office filed a dismissal of the charges. The document says the dismissal was at prosecutorial discretion and the county is “unable to meet the burden of proof at trial at this time.”

McCalpin had faced two charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

McCalpin was charged in February after an investigation into allegations an elementary school student made against him. She reportedly told a teacher that a man staying at her home had touched her sexually and molested her twice in December 2019.

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340
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